From romantic spring flower festivals to various unique local festivals, the month of May in Korea is filled with plenty of wonderful festivals.

Check out all ongoing and upcoming festivals and events for May 2023 in South Korea and find the perfect fest with our festival guide!

1. Taean Tulip Festival

  • Date: Apr 12 ~ May 7, 2023
  • Location: Taean County, Chungcheongnam-do Province (western part of Korea)

Immerse yourself in 1.5 million tulips and other spring flowers!

Recognized as one of the World’s Top 5 Tulip Festivals by the World Tulip Summit Society (WTSS), Taean Tulip Festival is by far the largest tulip festival in South Korea. While you can appreciate the beautiful tulips and spring flowers during the day, you can enjoy a fantastic array of impressive light displays at night!

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2. Garden of Morning Calm Spring Flower Festival

  • Date: Apr 21 ~ May 2, 2023
  • Location: Gapyeong County, Gyeonggi-do Province (mid-western part of Korea)

Come and see the stunning gardens of colorful spring flowers at the Garden of Morning Calm, which is one of the most beloved gardens that offer fantastic flowers all year round.

If you’re planning a nice spring day out to Gapyeong County, visit Nami Island, Petite France, Strawberry Farm, and/or Rail Park as well as the Garden of Morning Calm. Since the attractions are located close to each other, you can easily add a few more to your day trip itinerary.

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3. Boseong Green Tea Festival

  • Date: Apr 29 ~ May 7, 2023
  • Location: Boseong County, Jeollanam-do Province (southwestern part of Korea)

Prepare to be stunned by the endless stretches of green tea fields covering the entire hillside of Boseong Green Tea Plantation! Selected as one of the “31 Beautiful Sights on This Incredible Planet” by CNN, this breathtaking natural scenery awaits you at Boseong Green Tea Festival.

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4. Goyang International Flower Festival

  • Date: Apr 27 ~ May 8, 2023
  • Location: Goyang, Gyeonggi-do Province (mid-western part of Korea)

Goyang International Flower Festival (International Horticulture Goyang Korea) is one of the largest flower exhibitions in the world. This year, more than 200 teams from 25 countries will showcase their special flowers. It is a great chance to watch the award-winning flower decoration and see the highlight of the festival, which is the grand outdoor gardens.

5. Damyang Bamboo Festival

  • Date: May 3 ~ 7, 2023
  • Location: Damyang, Jeollanam-do Province (south-western part of Korea)

Juknokwon (Bamboo Garden) is the best spot in Damyang to enjoy the bamboo forest. At Damyang Bamboo Festival, you can celebrate what bamboo can bring to the table as well as interact with beautiful nature. Afterward, you will get to walk along the Metasequoia Road, breathing the fresh air, and head down to the Meta Provence where you will come across a cute French-inspired village.

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6. 2023 Dream Concert in Busan (May 27)

  • Date: May 27, 2023
  • Location: Busan Asiad Stadium
  • Line-up: ITZY, JO1, NMIXX, Kim Jaehwan, Dreamcatcher, EVERGLOW, OH MY GIRL, ONEUS, TEMPEST, & more
  • Included: Seating tickets for 2023 Dream Concert, Busan 1 Day Tour, Round-trip transportation from/to Seoul/Busan Station

Dream Concert is one of the biggest annual K-pop festivals in Korea featuring the most loved K-pop artists. Grab this great chance to enjoy both Busan city sightseeing and K-pop concert with an amazing lineup! Hassle-free round-trip transportation from/to Seoul and Busan Station is included in the package.

Please note that this event is sponsored by Korea Tourism Board so this package is exclusively available for international travelers with valid round-trip flight tickets.

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7. Pohang International Fireworks Festival (May 27)


  • Date: May 27, 2023
  • Location: Pohang, Gyeongbuk

Known as the “City of Light and Fire,” the coastal city of Pohang will host its annual Pohang International Fireworks Festival where the spectacular fireworks display over Yeongildae Beach will be showcased every night during the festival period.

| How to Go: Overnight shuttle buses will be running to the festival from Seoul & Busan.

8. Hwangmaesan Mountain Royal Azalea Festival

  • Date: Apr 29 ~ May 14, 2023
  • Location: Mt. Hwangmaesan, Gyeongsangnam-do Province

Hwangmaesan Mountain Royal Azalea Festival is an annual festival held at Hwangmaesan County Park. Come admire the Korean native royal azalea. You will be amazed by the beautiful scenery of thousands of royal azaleas covering the mountain.  Also, CNN chose the festival as ’50 Beautiful Places to Visit in Korea.’ Don’t you want to pay a visit here?

9. Hueree Hydrangea Festival

  • Date: Apr 7 ~ June 14, 2023
  • Location: Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

The Hueree Hydrangea Festival is also a festival that comes about every year. From greenhouses to gardens filled with pink-tinged hydrangea flowers, there’s much for the eyes to see and enjoy. Going on until mid-June, it’s definitely a must-visit if you’re in Jeju.

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10. Gyeongbokgung Palace Starlight Tour

  • Date: Apr 15 ~ May 13, 2023
  • Location: Jongno-gu, Seoul

Probably the best time to visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, the Gyeongbokgung Palace Starlight Tour offers a magnificent experience under the stars. Take a step back into the past and appreciate the various surprises that await you such as the Korean classical music performance.

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11. Busan Lotus Lantern Festival

  • Date: Apr 28 ~ May 14, 2023
  • Location: Busanjin-gu, Busan

A most illuminating festival that takes place every year – the Busan Lotus Lantern Festival. Dozens of lotus lanterns of different shapes and sizes are lit up and put on display, to celebrate Buddha’s birthday. Nonetheless, these spectacular lights attract thousands of spectators every year regardless of their religious beliefs.

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12. Hampyeong Butterfly Festival

  • Date: Apr 28 ~ May 7, 2023
  • Location: Hampyeong-gun, Jeollanam-do Province

A wonderful experience to get close to butterflies, insects, and flowers. The Hampyeong Butterfly Festival offers a wide range of exciting programs about the various species of butterflies, perfect for those who love being out in nature!

13. Hadong Wild Tea Culture Festival

  • Date: May 4 ~ June 3, 2023
  • Location: Hadong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do Province

Hadong, a county on the far-west side of Gyeongsangnam-do Province, holds some of the oldest tea history and traditions in Korea. Learn and experience first-hand the tea culture at Hadong Wild Tea Culture Festival – a must for tea lovers!

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14. Miryang Arirang Festival

  • Date: May 18 ~ 21, 2023
  • Location: Miryang-si, Gyeongsangnam-do Province

The Miryang Arirang Festival celebrates and promotes the Miryang style of Arirang which is a national folk song. With the first festival held in 1957, it holds great historical importance in promoting Miryang and Arirang.

15. Namwon Chunhyang Festival

  • Date: May 25 ~ 28, 2023
  • Location: Namwon-si, Jeollabuk-do Province

The Namwon Chunhyang Festival has its roots in the love between Chungyang and Lee Mongryong, a famous Korean love story. With it being the 93rd Chungyang Festival this year, this festival too holds a great deal of cultural and historical importance.

16. Gochang Green Barley Field Festival

  • Date: Apr 15 ~ May 7, 2023
  • Location: Gochang-gun, Jeollabuk-do Province

Held every April, the Gochang Green Barley Field Festival takes place in the beautiful lush green fields of the Gochang region. There are also various activities prepared so you can have a truly unique experience. How about making your own flute of barley?

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  • Visit Jeju Official Website
  • Gyeongbokgung Palace Official Website
  • Visit Korea Official Website
  • Miryang Arirang Festival Official Website

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